RomeAire’s AC Troubleshooting Guide Series! Episode 2:

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Below are some more great tips from Rome Aire’s Air Conditioning Maintenance Troubleshooting Guide, which can also be found in its entirety by clicking here. My Air Conditioner turns on and off continuously…

  1. Water in the Drain Pan may be filling triggering the Overflow Safety Float Switch to shut off the unit. Call for Service. Consider signing up with us for automatic Filter or AC Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.

My Air Conditioner is leaking water…

  1. Drain Line could be clogged with algae or sediment.  Call for Service & consider AC Maintenance Reminders tailored for you!
  2. When was the last time you cleaned your filter?  Make sure it is clean – we recommend every month, depending on the type of filter utilized. Consider signing up with us for automatic Filter or AC Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.
  3. When was the last time you scheduled a maintenance?  Our automatic Filter or AC Maintenance Reminders could prevent this from happening.  Keeping up with your air conditioning maintenance allows for cleaner air, reduces breakdowns and keeps your floors or ceilings dry!

My Air Conditioner has ice on it…

  1. When was the last time you cleaned your filter?  Make sure it is clean – we recommend every month, depending on the type of filter utilized. Consider signing up with us for automatic Filter or AC Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.
  2. Check your Thermostat Setting – Setting it below 70° could cause ice.
  3. Check your Return Grill (by filter area) – is there anything blocking it?
  4. Freezing is a good indication of Low on Freon.  Call for Service & have our Technicians get to the root of the problem.

My Air Conditioner is unusually noisy…

  1. Check you filter – it may not be fitting properly.   Let us find the right filter for you.   Sign up for our free Filter Reminder Service & keep your air clean.
  2. Call for AC Service!  The Blower Wheel may be out of Calibration which requires immediate attention before causing any damages on motor or adjacent components.

RomeAire’s AC Troubleshooting Guide Series! Episode 1:

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Below are some great tips from Rome Aire’s Air Conditioning Maintenance Troubleshooting Guide, which can also be found in its entirety by clicking here.

My Air Conditioner is blowing hot air…

  1. Try resetting the Circuit Breaker.
  2. Check the FPL “ON CALL” Box if you participate in their savings program.
  3. Check your Humidistat Settings – when you are in town set Humidistat to ON.
  4. Make sure your Thermostat is set correctly.
  5. When was the last time you cleaned your filter? Make sure it is clean – we recommend every month, depending on the type of filter utilized. Consider signing up with us for automatic Filter or Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.
  6. Your Outside unit could be off at the Breaker.

 

My Air Conditioner does not have any power…

  1. Try resetting the Circuit Breaker.
  2. Check the FPL “ON CALL” Box if you participate in their savings program.
  3. Make sure your Thermostat is set correctly.
  4. Check your Humidistat Settings – when you are in town set Humidistat to ON.
  5. The Breaker at the Air Handler may need resetting.
  6. Water in the Drain Pan may be filling triggering the Overflow Safety Float Switch to shut off the unit.  Call for Service. Consider signing up with us for automatic Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.

 

My thermostat is blank and/or flashing…

  1. Try replacing the batteries in your Thermostat.
  2. The Breaker at the Air Handler may need resetting.
  3. Water in the Drain Pan may be filling triggering the Overflow Safety Float Switch to shut off the unit.  Call for Service.  Consider signing up with us for automatic Maintenance Reminders tailored for you.

 

More ac maintenance troubleshooting tips to follow in our next blog!  For the best ac service in South Florida, call Rome Aire today!

Common Air Conditioner Problems

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One of the most common air conditioning service problems is improper operation. If your air conditioner is on, be sure to close your home’s windows and outside doors. For room air conditioners, isolate the room or a group of connected rooms as much as possible from the rest of your home.

Other common problems with existing air conditioners result from faulty installation, poor ac service procedures, and inadequate ac maintenance. Improper installation of a central air conditioner can result in leaky ducts and low airflow. Many times, the refrigerant charge (the amount of refrigerant in the system) does not match the manufacturer’s specifications. If proper refrigerant charging is not performed during installation, the performance and efficiency of the unit is impaired. Unqualified service technicians often fail to find refrigerant charging problems or even worsen existing problems by adding refrigerant to a system that is already full. Learn what to ask for when hiring a technician to maintain your air conditioner.

Air conditioner manufacturers generally make rugged, high quality products. If your air conditioner fails, begin by checking any fuses or circuit breakers. Let the unit cool down for about five minutes before resetting any breakers. If a central air conditioner’s compressor stops on a hot day, the high-pressure limit switch may have tripped; reset it by pushing the button, located in the compressor’s access panel.

REFRIGERANT LEAKS

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a solution. A trained technician should fix any leak, test the repair, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. Remember that the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specification, and is neither undercharged nor overcharged. Refrigerant leaks can also be harmful to the environment.

INADEQUATE MAINTENANCE

If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.

ELECTRIC CONTROL FAILURE

The compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently, as is common when a system is oversized. Because corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems, electrical connections and contacts should be checked during a professional ac service call.

SENSOR PROBLEMS

Room air conditioners feature a thermostat sensor, located behind the control panel, which measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is knocked out of position, the air conditioner could cycle constantly or behave erratically. The sensor should be near the coil but not touching it; adjust its position by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place.

DRAINAGE PROBLEMS

When it’s humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged and is draining properly. Room air conditioners may not drain properly if not mounted level.

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL

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HIRING AN AC SERVICE PROFESSIONAL
When your air conditioner needs more than regular ac maintenance, hire a professional service technician. A well-trained technician will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system.
The technician should:

  • Check for correct amount of refrigerant
  • Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
  • Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
  • Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
  • Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
  • Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
  • Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
  • Check the accuracy of the thermostat.

To view our awesome Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Guide, Click HERE!

Regular Air Conditioning Service Saves Energy, Saves Money

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If you’re looking to save money on your air conditioning operating costs, and avoid the potential of higher-priced AC repair bills in the future, the best piece of advice we can give you is to maintain your current air conditioner as best you can — and that means having a reputable air condition service inspect your system at least once a year.

An AC repair shop or AC service professional can extend the life of your cooling system by years just by performing routine maintenance procedures — and, what’s more, a system that’s operating more efficiently will cost less to run, cooling the same area the same amount with less energy. Regular checks, adjustments, and calibration of cooling systems can prevent almost three-fourths of all air conditioning outages; keeping your AC service current ensures you’re operating at optimal performance every time your thermostat calls for cool air.

Speaking of thermostats, the US Department of Energy estimates homeowners can save as much as 25% off their cooling costs simply by installing a programmable thermostat. In addition to regular air condition service, adding a “smart” thermostat — or even installing a system that identifies different “zones” in your home to prioritize which rooms to keep cool — can save a bundle.

A few other ideas for our customers to stay cooler for less:

• Before you leave the house in the morning, close the curtains on your south-facing windows.

• Next time you replace those curtains and blinds, consider lighter colors, even white, to reflect more heat.

• As they burn out, replace your old incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs, which put out a tiny fraction of the heat of your old bulbs — and cost far less to operate.

What to Look For in a Commercial Air Conditioning Repair Service

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When your air conditioning stops working, so does your business. We understand that there’s never a good time to need a/c repair, but if you do, we’re going to work hard to be the South Florida air conditioning repair service you call first, every time.
Getting you and your business up and running again is our number-one priority; from the moment you contact one of our customer service representatives, our focus is on getting your air conditioning cooling again, quickly and efficiently. Our service technicians are among the best in the business, and are available to meet your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We know there are a host of a/c service and maintenance companies in the South Florida area; we know a lot of them, and they’re mostly good at what they do, too. But we also know we’ve got pride in our service they simply can’t match, backed by our personal guarantee and the knowledge our existing customers already have — that we’re going to solve your air conditioning repair problems and stand behind our work 100%.

The key to our continued success as a business is to ensure the highest level of quality service to your business. We’ll send the best-qualified, most knowledgeable and fastest technicians to your service call every time, and we promise we’ll treat your problem as our problem until we’ve solved it — bringing our years of practical experience in South Florida’s crowded a/c repair market.

Our returning customers tell us it’s our commitment to service that brings them back, and we’ve listened; for more information about our air conditioning service, repair and maintenance programs, and to discover why we’re South Florida’s most recommended a/c repair company, call us today!

Air Conditioning Repair: An Ounce of Prevention

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It’s not really up for debate in Florida: air conditioning is a fact of life, part of the required equipment that can make or break a person’s comfort. And we know there are health benefits as well; people are less stressed when they’re kept cool, are less likely to become dehydrated, and are generally more productive. Central air conditioners have the added benefit of moving enough air to filter out allergens such as pollen, making the atmosphere within the conditioned space healthier for everyone.

But when an air conditioner stops working, it’s a burden that affects everyone. It never happens at a convenient time; invariably the moment you most need a/c service or a/c repair is at the moment most likely proven to be a pain in the neck. Problems that might’ve been less expensive to fix earlier can become more complicated if allowed to worsen – adding needlessly to the cost of your air conditioning repair job.

This is why we recommend “an ounce of prevention that’s worth a pound of cure,” i.e. getting your air conditioner a little routine a/c maintenance from our knowledgeable, courteous professional technicians. No matter how reliable your air conditioner might seem, it can always benefit from regular maintenance; systems that aren’t properly maintained not only are increasingly likely to fail, but become less and less efficient year after year. That lack of efficiency means you’re spending more to cool the same area than you need to be; consider that the cost of a preventative maintenance schedule for your air conditioner will likely be regained through lower electric bills over the life span of the appliance.

If you’d like more information about our a/c maintenance programs, contact us today and discover why we’re South Florida’s Air Conditioning Experts!